Posts tagged "Food"

Can you name the foods in a full English breakfast?

During the winter, my family loves to spend our weekend mornings at an English pub – in Chicago. Yes, with the cold weather upon us and English Premier League soccer well under way, an English pub is a fantastic place to spend a morning fueling up and cheering on our favorite teams – even with our young sons. For us, there’s nothing like... Read more »

Forging a cultural connection with food: What recipes will you pass on to your children?

So many of my childhood memories revolve around food. When I think of my grandma, I think of us shopping together at Jewish delis and bakeries, picking up chocolate ruggelah, lox and corned beef – and always a bag of kichel for my mom. When I think of holidays, I think of my family crowded around the dining... Read more »

Chicago-area chefs demonstrate globally inspired dishes at 2014 Fall French Market

On Saturday, Chef Tim Kirker of <a href="www,=.bistrotzinc.com">Bistrot Zinc</a> got the morning started off right with the perfect brunch dish - Almond Cake with Macerated Berries.
This weekend, thousands of people came to shop, eat and create à la française at the 10th annual Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market, which took place Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9. The French  fête boasted more than 75 vendors selling specialty and artisan goods. Shoppers didn’t need to worry about running out of energy... Read more »
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Global desserts: Spanish churros

The other weekend, my husband and I lured our sons out of the warm comfort of their beds with one singular temptation – churros. We had our sights set on spending the afternoon in Pilsen, taking advantage of the Chicago neighborhood’s annual art gallery walk. But, before we did, we knew we had to make sure our two young sons... Read more »

Bagels: The origin, popularity and varieties of the circular bread with the whole in the middle

My family’s roots can be traced to Germany, Romania, Russia and Poland. But, culturally, we’re Jewish, too. For most of our large, casual family gatherings, you can rest assure that one item always plays a starring role on the dining table – bagels. There may be sesame, poppy seed, onion, raisin or everything bagels. But,... Read more »

Reliving our travels through food: Rome, Tokyo and beyond

So much of travel to other places revolves around one main thing: food. No matter if I travel across state lines or an ocean, I often spend hours and hours researching where to go, what to do and, most importantly, what to eat. When I dream of my recent travels, it’s hard not to picture my husband, my sons and I savoring a local culinary delight – walking along a river with... Read more »
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One meal, one jar: The simple power of food to bring us together

Food is a powerful force. It brings us together at mealtime. It shapes our daily experiences. And, it introduces us to new cultures. Just one meal – at home, at a restaurant or even near a food truck – can have a profound impact on our views, our memories and our lives. It doesn’t have... Read more »

From Chicagoans: Holiday Foods From Around the World (Part 1)

Chicago is a true melting pot of people, neighborhoods and cultures. Throughout the year, Chicagoans come together to celebrate their different holidays and traditions. And, at the center of so many of those celebrations is food. So, with the holiday season upon us, I reached out to my fellow Chicagoans to uncover some of the... Read more »

Searching for Treasures at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market

This past Sunday my family took advantage of an unexpected balmy November morning to head to the Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market. The open-air flea market, located on South Des Plaines Street on the city’s near west side near the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is steeped in history and filled with treasures galore. All... Read more »
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Getting a Good "Dose" of Chicago

As you are probably well aware by now I love Chicago – the people, the cultures they represent, and all of the neighborhoods that together make the city great. To me, Chicago is a beautiful, dynamic tapestry of ethnicities, traditions, artisans and individuals. Everything on its own is unique and special, but together it becomes... Read more »